O that I had a seraph's fire

O that I had a seraph's fire

Author: John Kent
Published in 13 hymnals

Representative Text

1 O that I had a seraph's fire,
His rapturous song and golden lyre,
To chant the love and grace supreme,
Revealed as in the gospel scheme.

2 Here's pardon full, for sins that's past,
It matters not, how black their cast;
And, O my soul, with wonder view,
For sins to come, here's pardon too.

3 When Jesus died, their debts were paid,
Whose sin lay on this Scape Goat's head;
Was to the trackless desert drove,
And buried in eternal love.

4 In this abyss of love profound,
when sought for they shall not be found;
Hid from Jehovah's piercing eye,
There in oblivious shades they lie.

5 The nation, thus redeemed from sin,
Were chosen, loved and blest in him;
And while he lives, they ne'er shall die,
For they are his by covenant-tie.

6 Let saints prepare to crown his brow
With bright immortal trophies, now;
And let their songs record his name,
His honors, and his deathless fame.

A New Selection of Hymns, 1812

Author: John Kent

Kent, John, was born at Bideford, Devonshire, Dec. 1766, and died Nov. 15, 1843. As a working shipwright his opportunities for acquiring the education and polish necessary for the production of refined verse were naturally limited. His hymns are strongly worded, very earnest and simple, and intensely Calvinistic. A few were published in Samuel Reece's Collection, 1799. The first edition of his Collection of Original Gospel Hymns, was published in 1803, and the 10th edition, with "The Author's Experience," in verse, 264 hymns, 15 longer pieces, and a Life by his Son in 1861. The Calvinistic teaching so prominent in his hymns has restricted their use to a limited number of collections. The greatest use made of them in modern hymnbooks has bee… Go to person page >

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First Line: O that I had a seraph's fire
Author: John Kent
Language: English



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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #340

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #340

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #340

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